“Collective Justice: Equality in the workplace means justice for ALL workers.”


NANTIYA RUAN is Senior Counsel at Outten & Golden LLP, where she primarily represents employees in class discrimination and wage and hour cases. She is also a Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law.

Prior to joining O&G in 2000, Ruan was a judicial clerk for Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has also clerked in the state appellate courts. From 2003 to 2004, Ruan was an associate at Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian in Oakland, California, a plaintiffs’ firm representing workers in national civil rights litigations.

Ruan publishes books and articles on employment law and workplace rights. Her scholarship explores the intersection of workers rights, complex litigation, and poverty law.  She also writes on experiential learning with clients and teaching public interest to law students.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

Bar Admission and Professional Activity
  • Ms. Ruan is admitted to practice law only in New York and California.
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Speaking Engagements


  • Moderator: “Criminal Record Discrimination and Ban the Box Initiatives,” National CLE Conference—Labor & Employment, Vail, CO
  • Speaker: “Employment Discrimination: The Very Latest on What You Need to Know,” Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Vail, CO


  • Speaker: “Whistleblower Claims— Strategies for Plaintiff and Defense Counsel,” Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Vail, CO
  • Speaker: “Latest on Class Actions: An Update,” Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Vail, CO


  • Lecturer: “Silencing Wage Theft: The Impact of Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements on Low-Wage Workers,” Law & Society Association, Annual Meeting


  • Co-Lecturer: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Wage Suit,” Washington University Law School & St. Louis University Law School, Fifth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor & Employment Law, St. Louis, MO
  • Lecturer: “RIFs: Overview and Update,” Law Education Institute, 27th Annual National CLE Conference, Vail, CO

Blogs & Publications

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Fingerprints?

President Obama Continues his “Year of Action” by Promoting Access to Justice for Workers

In his newest Executive Order, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, President Obama makes access to justice for workers a priority of his administration. Leading in the forum in which he has control-federal employees and companies that contract with the federal…

President Obama signs LGBT Nondiscrimination Executive Order

Signaling his continued support for both workers rights and LGBT individuals, President Obama recently signed an executive order that protects federal government workers, as well as workers for federal contractors, from discrimination on the basis of sexual…

Pay Inequality, Access To Work, and Discrimination

Nantiya Ruan, Chapter Introduction, 91 Denv. U. L. Rev. 869 (2014)

Scheduling Shortfalls: Hours Parity as the New Pay Equity

Nantiya Ruan, with Professor Nancy Reichman, 59 Villanova Law Rev. 35 (2014).

Student, Esquire?: The Practice of Law in the Collaborative Classroom

Nantiya Ruan, 20 Clinical Law Review 429 (2014)

What’s Left to Remedy Wage Theft? How Arbitration Mandates that Bar Class Actions Impact Low-Wage Workers

Nantiya Ruan, Author, 2013 Mich. State L. Rev. 1103, 2013

“Sexting” and Surveillance: How Smartphones Change Workplace Harassment

Nantiya Ruan, 90 Denv. Univ. L. Rev. Online 7, 2013

Same Law, Different Day: The Last Thirty Years of Wage Litigation and its Impact on Low-Wage Workers

Nantiya Ruan, 30 Hofstra Labor & Emp. L. J. 355, 2013

The Second-Class Class Action: How Courts Thwart Wage Rights by Misapplying Class Action Rules

Nantiya Ruan, Co-Author with Professor Scott Moss, 61 Amer. Univ. L. Rev. 523, 2012

Experiential Learning in the First Year Curriculum: The Public Interest Partnership

Nantiya Ruan, Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Vol. 8, Fall 2011…

Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplements (2011-2017)

Nantiya Ruan, Associate Editor, 2011-2017, 2d Ed. (BNA Books).

Facilitating Wage Theft: How Courts Use Procedural Rules to Undermine Substantive Rights of Low-Wage Workers

Nantiya Ruan, Author, 63 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 727 (2010)